Hands on the Human Body

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Welcome to Hands on the Human Body!

The human body is an exquisite combination of interacting systems which can be analyzed using multidisciplinary engineering principles.  Through a series of hands-on modules you will be introduced to chemical, mechanical, and electrical engineering principles through application to the human body.  You will be engaged in the scientific discovery process as you explore the engineering systems within the human body using exciting hands-on “reverse engineering” methods.

The modules explore respiration, metabolism, pulmonary mechanics, the cardiovascular system, strength of bones, ECG, biomechanics, and mechanics of sneaker materials.  Through the investigation of these systems, you will learn basic concepts of mass and energy balances; fluid flow; work, energy, and efficiency; forces and levers; material strength and stresses; and electrical signal processing.

This project was developed with the support of the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education (CCLI 0088437). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Engineering in Medicine

If you are interested in learning more about the applications of chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering to biological systems, Biomedical societies and Biomedical Engineering Department Websites are a great place to start.  Follow the links to the right to learn more about Biomedical engineering research and career opportunities.

bulletCareers: Biomedical Engineering Society
bullet Biomedical Industry (U Penn link)
bulletCareers in BME (Whittaker)
bulletMajor Advances in BME (Whittaker)
bulletBME Research at University of Michigan
bulletBME Research at U Penn
bulletBME Research at Purdue
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bulletChemical Engineering in Medicine
bullet Biomedical Applications of Mechanical Engineering
bulletIEEE in Medicine and Biology

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